Would you like to bring a sleek sports car home? Don’t rush the process. Before you wrap things up, take a look at our sports car buying guide.
The list of things a sports car buyer should consider is endless. We understand that for many petrolheads, seeing a sports car parked in their garage is the ultimate dream. The sports car category includes everything from plush coupes to roadsters and hatchbacks.
You want to bring home a sports car that offers snappy acceleration, sharp cornering and class-leading agility. With that in mind, choosing a sports car requires proper homework. From understanding the features and cons to thinking about maintenance and repairs, it’s all there to do. To make things easier for you, we have put together a sports car buying guide!
Check seats and access
Most sporty sedans also offer space for two passengers. There may be a handful of sporty cars with rear seats, but that’s not what sports cars are notorious for. You should also know that some low sports cars present tremendous challenges to get in and out of. On the other hand, some models may have convenient one-hand operation. With any sporty car, consider access.
What about the fuel consumption?
Sports cars have multiple engine options – V6s, four-cylinder options, and even thumping V8s. Not to mention, the symphonic exhaust notes can be a deal maker or breaker for some buyers. Also note that a lighter car and a smaller engine tend to give the best fuel economy. Another factor to consider is that these cars run on premium fuel.
What is the ground clearance?
This question is especially important if you are buying a sports car in India because of the road conditions and especially the level of speed limits. Although the government requires speed breakers to be no higher than 100mm, they are often much higher. And sports cars are usually low to lower their center of gravity, with ground clearance only around 130mm. But there are still a few exceptions to this norm, like the Audi R8, whose chassis is about 160mm off the ground. So consider Indian roads when buying a sports car.
How is the handling?
Handling is perhaps one of the first factors to consider. Check aspects such as steering response, minimum body roll, steering wheel feedback, motion predictability, and similar factors. Although these aspects have nothing to do with aesthetics, it is these ingredients that distinguish a sports car from poseurs.
Are security systems in place?
Sports cars exude adventure. But we also have to accept that they can be dangerous. When buying a sports car, pay attention to the results of crash tests and ways to avoid accidents. Also consider other road test results such as headlight performance. In this regard, check if the car has security systems. Functions such as automatic emergency braking, front collision warning, blind spot warning and similar functions can protect you.
Most of us tend to skip this part when thinking about sports cars. Cargo is one aspect of when these sports cars can lag badly. Trunks on convertible sports cars are tiny. However, certain hatchbacks offer decent cargo space. It all boils down to your preferences and requirements. It goes without saying that sports cars are not for you if cargo is your priority!
Buying a sports car is not an easy process. There are a number of features that you need to consider. Hopefully this article has helped you understand the best choice for yourself!
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